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Mallotus philipensis

(Common name:- Kamala)

Classification

Mallotus philipensis

History

Mallotus philipensis is specie belongs to Euphorbiaceae family in the genus Mallotus.

Mallotus consists of 140 species which are distributed in tropical Africa, Madagascar, east and Southeast Asia, Indomalaysia to New Caledonia and Fiji, northern and southern Australia.

Plant Description

The height of M. philipensis reaches upto 10 meters and the leaves are 1 to 2 inches long, alternate, ovate and articulated.

The branches are straight slender with pale bark and flowers are dioecious arranged in male and female together in the axils of small bracts.

The plant also consists of trilobed small capsule of pea size having minute glands and bearing small hairs.

These capsules are odourless and tasteless but used in various purposes.

It is cultivated in Europe, Africa, North America, Central America and southern Missouri and Kentucky.

Parts Used

Leaves, seeds, bark.

Constituents

Rottlerin, yellow and red resins, wax, yellow crystalline substance, tannic acid, gum, volatile oil.

Uses

Kamala has been extensively used in India for cutaneous eruptions like tapeworms, ringworms etc.

A red powder is obtained from capsules which are used for dyeing and as traditional medicine for eyes and tapeworm.

The various actions performed by kamala are anthelmintic, aphrodisiac and cathartic.

Poultice made of leaves and bark is applied on skin infection especially on ringworm and scabies.

Other uses of kamala are- its wood pulp is being used in making paper, also used as antioxidant for ghee and vegetable oil.

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